Now, Mumbai Dabbawalas fight fakes in fraternity
In a shock development, the famed Mumbai Dabbawalas have launched an all-out war to weed out a section of alleged fakes who have infiltrated the fraternity to exploit their name for their own vested interests.
 
Taking the initiative, the Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Charity Trust (NMTBSCT), registered in 1955, and the Mumbai Jevan Dabe Vahtuk Mandal (MJDVM), registered in 1970, and their authorised organisations - Sant Dnyaneshwar Jevan Dabe Vahatuk Mandal (Mulund), Bhimashankar Jevan Dabe Vahatuk Mandal (Grant Road) and Ghatkopar Jevan Dabe Vahatuk Mandal (Ghatkopar), hit out on Thursday at least a dozen-odd masquerading as the 'asal' (original) Dabbawalas, ostensibly for both glory and gratification.
 
"Barring these organisations, no other person or entity is authorized to speak for or represent my clients in any manner whatsoever," their lawyer Amol V. Sutrale said in a public notice on Thursday.
 
The move came as a bombshell on a day when the Mumbai Dabbawalas Association (MDA) - which includes Subhash Gangaram Talekar, one of the persons targeted by NMTBSCT-MJDVM - made the grand announcement that "the Dabbawalas will support the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena" in the October 21 elections.
 
NMTBSCT official spokesperson Ritesh Shantaram Andre dismissed this outright, terming it as "a unilateral, unauthorized move by a handful of fraudulent elements" which has absolutely no backing of the larger tribe of Mumbai Dabbawalas, and urged the political parties "to beware".
 
"Luckily, it was only the genuine NMTBSCT office-bearers whom Britain's Prince Charles met in Mumbai in 2003, and invited them to his wedding with Camilla Parker in 2005. We hosted Queen Maxima of The Netherlands in 2018, and we hold the Guinness World Record for our work. We have all the official photographs in our Mumbai headquarters for anybody to verify," NMTBSCT Chairman Ulhas S. Muke told IANS.
 
He said the NMTBSCT and MDJVM have now decided to expose these fakes who have allegedly been cornering huge chunks of funds received from various quarters for the welfare of the tiffin-carriers "which belongs to the real Dabbawalas toiling in all weathers ferrying tiffin boxes and earning global laurels".
 
Both Sutrale and Andre pointed out that since the past few years, these suspect persons have been giving false impressions claiming to represent the Dabbawalas. It is also not clear if they are even in the business of supplying tiffin boxes - which tantamounts to a "criminal impersonation".
 
Taking this a step further, the NMTBSCT and MJDVM will contact YouTube, Google and all other websites and portals to immediately delete the unauthorized videos and content uploaded by these fraudulent persons impersonating as Dabbawalas.
 
"Even the name 'Mumbai Dabbawala' is owned by us and the Dabbawalas' picture showing them wearing a white loose kurta-pyjama, a Gandhi cap, a black dot on the forehead, carrying the trademark 'dabba' with a metal tiffin box on a black bicycyle. Nobody can copy, misuse or misrepresent these," Andre warned.
 
Even the figures of the number of working Dabbawalas, their customers and business details, among others, bandied around by these unauthorized persons, are misleading and "we shall reveal the official data shortly", he added.
 
The NMTBSCT and MJDVM have pointed accusing fingers at Sunil Pandurang Gawande (Ghatkopar), Sharad Gangadhar More and Sandip Shantaram Gaikar (both, Kalyan), Manish Tripathi (Borivali) and Subhash Gangaram Talekar (Byculla, who incidentally is the son of a former office-bearer of NMTBSCT) and Arvind Gangaram Talekar.
 
Advocate Sutrale's notice has also named the masterminds of the alleged misrepresentations as Pawan G. Agarwal, Piyush Pavan Agarwal (both, Vikhroli), Ananta Baban Talekar (Worli), Bhagaji Sabaji Raundhai and Vitthal Jayram Sawant (both, Andheri), Dashrath Pandharinath Kedari (Jogeshwari), Subodh Sangle (Grant Road), Mayur Kranti and Rushabh Kranti (both, Goregaon).
 
There is another minor - Tilak Mehta - who runs a business in the name of the Paper N Parcel Courier, but the NMTBSCT and MJDVM made it clear it has no connection with them.
 
Despite IANS efforts, MDA's Talekar was not available for comments on the matter.
 
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    India gets first tranche of citizens' Swiss bank account info
    In a major step towards fighting black money, India got the first tranche of Swiss Bank details of its residents under the Automatic Exchange of Information agreement.
     
    India is among 75 countries with which the Federal Tax Administration (FTA) exchanged information on around 3.1 million financial accounts.
     
    The took place within the framework of the global standard on the automatic exchange of information (AEOI).
     
    Following the first exchange last year, in which no technical problems were encountered, this year, the AEOI involved a total of 75 countries.
     
    With 63 of these countries, the exchange of information was reciprocal. In the case of 12 countries, Switzerland received information but did not provide any, either because those countries do not yet meet the international requirements on confidentiality and data security (Belize, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Curacao, Montserrat, Romania, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Cyprus) or because they chose not to receive data (Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands).
     
    Currently, around 7,500 reporting financial institutions (banks, trusts, insurers, etc.) are registered with the Federal Tax Administration. These institutions collected the data and transferred it to the FTA.
     
    The FTA sent information on around 3.1 million financial accounts to the partner states and received information on around 2.4 million from them.
     
    The largest exchange was with Germany (in both directions), as was the case in the previous year. The FTA cannot provide any information on the amount of financial assets.
     
    Switzerland has committed itself to adopting the global standard for the international automatic exchange of information in tax matters. The legal basis for the implementation of the AEOI in Switzerland came into force on January 1, 2017.
     
    Identification, account and financial information is exchanged, including name, address, state of residence and tax identification number, as well information concerning the reporting financial institution, account balance and capital income.
     
    The exchanged information allows the cantonal tax authorities to verify whether taxpayers have correctly declared their financial accounts abroad in their tax returns.
     
    Next year, Switzerland's network of AEOI partner states will expand further, to around 90 countries. The OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (Global Forum) reviews the implementation of the AEOI.
     
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    Deepak Narain

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    The complexities of law help the culprits and little substantial comes out of all the exercise. The corrupt and dishonest rule the world.

    Ramesh Poapt

    1 week ago

    will the cat come out of the bag?!

    PMC Bank Scam: ED Carries Out Fresh Raids on HDIL's Wadhwan
    The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said, on Monday, that it is carrying out raids at two places in Mumbai of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) chairman Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan following fresh revelations in the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank fraud case, as the ED found another jet and a yatch registered in the names of the HDIL's promoters.
     
    "During raids today (Monday), we identified a huge bungalow of 22 rooms in Alibag. It will be attached shortly," said a senior ED officer, adding that one more private jet has been found to be in the name of the promoters of HDIL. 
     
    The officer also said that the agency, during searches, has also found that the owners of HDIL gifted a number of houses in posh locations in Maharashtra to top politicians. 
     
    However, the agency is tightlipped about the names of these politicians, as of now.
     
    On Saturday, the agency attached a private jet and jewellery worth Rs60 crore of HDIL chairman Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan. The agency said it is in touch with authorities in Maldives to attach the Wadhawan's yacht which is anchored there. 
     
    ED has also frozen bank accounts of Waryam Singh, former chairman of PMC Bank, and also deposits/fixed deposits of around Rs10 crore. 
     
    On Friday, the agency had seized 12 high-end cars which included two Rolls Royce, two Range Rovers and one Bentley of the HDIL chairman during raids at six places in Mumbai. The agency carried out raids, including at head office of HDIL at Bandra (East) and residence of Rakesh Wadhawan which is known as Wadhawan House at Bandra (West). The financial investigating agency also raided premises of Waryam Singh and former PMC Bank managing director (MD) Joy Thomas.
     
    The agency had filed a money laundering case against HDIL promoters in the Rs4,355-crore bank fraud case. 
     
    The ED has said that they are also looking into the roles of seven directors of HDIL, including Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan. Both were arrested on Thursday by Mumbai police for not cooperating with the investigators.
     
    The agency is also looking for details of other 18 companies linked to HDIL. 
     
    The ED has started probe taking cognisance of Mumbai police's Economic Offences Wing's (EOW) FIR into the matter.
     
    It is alleged that HDIL, which is facing bankruptcy proceedings, and its group companies had taken huge loans from PMC Bank.
     
    The FIR with Mumbai police was filed by by Jasbir Singh Matta, manager, recovery department, of PMC Bank. It is alleged that as many as 21,049 fictitious bank accounts were allegedly created to hide the loans, which were disbursed in violation of RBI norms.
     
    It is also alleged that HDIL accounted for nearly 73% of the bank's total loans. Out of the Rs4,355 crore of loans under the scanner, around Rs2,146 crore were transferred to accounts held by the Wadhawans. An account belonging to Wadhawan had a balance of Rs2,009 crore on 31 August 2019, according to the FIR.
     
    During probe by the Reserve Bank of India, it has been found that directors of PMC Bank had replaced 44 suspicious loan accounts with 20,149 fictitious bank accounts whose individual balances were low.
     
    The 44 borrower accounts allegedly linked to HDIL were masked by tampering with bank software. Former MD Mr Thomas was behind the masking of the borrower accounts.
     
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